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The Magnetosphere: Earth Raises its Shields

A view of a computer-generated model of the Earth's magnetosphere. Semi-transparent surfaces represent particle density (red is high, blue is low) and silvery tubes represent the magnetic field lines. In this particular model, the solar wind has an ambient density of 8.35 particles/cm^3. The isosurfaces are then red (> 17 particles/cm^3), yellow (> 12 particles/cm^3), green (> 8.6 particles/cm^3) and blue (< 1.0 particle/cm^3).

Visualization Credits

Tom Bridgman (GST): Lead Animator
Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Eric Sokolowsky (GST): Animator
Dan Spicer (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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Data Used:
3D Unstructured-mesh Magnetosphere Simulation
Model generated by Dan Spicer, NASA
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SVS >> Geomagnetic Field
SVS >> Magnetosphere
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